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by Kevin Coupe

Today, we remember.

As I have noted here before, thirteen years after 9-11, it is impossible not to remember not just the tragic events of the day, but also the consequences.

We lost a neighbor that day, who worked in the World Trade Center. Mrs. Content Guy was actually just a week or so into her first week as an elementary school teacher, and there were several students in her school - and in her class - who lost parents that day. For the weeks that followed, it seemed like every church in town was holding funerals almost every day.

I've written here before that I find myself every year on this date wondering if there will ever be a 9-11 on which I won't feel obligated to write about the events that took place on that date in 2001.

I hope so. But I'm dubious.

But I also think it is critical each year to recall the words of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, when addressing the students at the Harrow School in October 1941:

“The pessimist sees the problems in every opportunity. Whereas the optimist sees the opportunity in every problem ... Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense."
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